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dc.contributor.advisorLondré, Felicia Hardison, 1941-
dc.contributor.authorJury, Whitney Rae
dc.date.issued2017
dc.date.submitted2017 Spring
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page, viewed June 6, 2017
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Felicia Hardison Londré
dc.descriptionVita
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 48-52)
dc.descriptionThesis (M.A.)--Department of Theatre. University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017
dc.description.abstractThe Ruhls of Relationships: Connecting with Others Through Theatrical Ambiguity aims to bring attention to the enjoyable relationship one should have with theatre that encourages ambiguity and to highlight the joy and connection one can find through plays that encourage unity among audiences. This will be done through an examination of the interpersonal relationships demonstrated in eight of Sarah Ruhl’s major plays: Melancholy Play: a contemporary farce (2002), Eurydice (2003), Late: a cowboy song (2003), The Clean House (2004), Dead Man’s Cell Phone (2007), In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (2009), Stage Kiss (2011), and The Oldest Boy (2014). Through textual examinations and an analysis of professional productions, including a primary account of the world premiere of How to Transcend a Happy Marriage (2017), an exploration of Ruhl’s presence in modern American theatre will determine the significance of and reason behind the popularity of her aesthetic. Ruhl has set herself apart as a successful playwright in contemporary theatre by combining magical realism with light-hearted tragedy, and, in turn, created an inclusive environment within the theatre community that audiences are grasping for.eng
dc.description.tableofcontentsThe theatre for everyone -- Keep them close to you: families -- Part of the social contract: friendships -- What a strange job: professionals -- Romance, both living and dead -- Epilogue
dc.format.extentv, 54 pages
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/60581
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Kansas Cityeng
dc.subject.lcshRuhl, Sarah, 1974- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcshInterpersonal relations -- Drama
dc.subject.otherThesis -- University of Missouri--Kansas City -- Theatre
dc.titleThe Ruhls of Relationships: Connecting with Others Through Theatrical Ambiguityeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineTheatre (UMKC)
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Kansas City
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameM.A.


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